The Deluxe and Super Deluxe Facsimile 1611 Editions
The King James Bible is the most printed book in the history of the world (remarkably, not just the most printed bible in the world). The year 2011 marked the King James Version’s 400th Anniversary (from 1611 to 2011). It is the English Bible that has stood the test of time and that “sounds like the bible”. To commemorate the KJV 400th Anniversary, we are proud to offer these exact page-for-page photographic duplicates of the original 1611 King James Bible, available in two (2) elegantly bound editions.
Significance of the 1611 Edition KJV
At The KJV Store, we consider the KJV to be THE Bible in English, and we consider the 1611 King James Bible Deluxe and Super Deluxe Facsimiles to be the Hallmark of King James Version Bibles. Owning an original 1611 Facsimile replica of this immense size, magnitude, and beauty means that one possesses a copy of the most authentic 1611 King James Bible in the world.
The King James Bible is the only book in the world that can claim one billion copies in print. It set the standard by which all subsequent English Bible translations have been measured. For this company and the majority of our customers, the English language Bible as we know it today IS the King James Bible. Original First Editions have sold for over $400,000 at recent auctions, and over $100,000 went into the production setup to create these magnificent heirloom quality facsimiles. Now, these affordable facsimiles make it possible for everyone to have a First Edition 1611 King James Bible.
Most people have never seen what the original 1611 King James Bible looks like, and having one in your home will provide a great conversation-piece, and an object of great beauty for all to admire. Considered the "Holy Grail" of book collectors everywhere, the "Bible to end all Bibles", is the First Edition of the beloved 1611 King James Bible. These faithful and exact reproductions of the very first King James Pulpit Bible are indeed works of art and fine craftsmanship beyond compare. Each edition is "more than a facsimile, it is a masterpiece."
Significance of Size and Binding
Measuring the exact size of the original 1611 printing: an enormous 17-1/2 inches tall by 12 inches wide by 5-1/2 inches thick (including its slipcase), with "Open" reading dimensions spread to nearly 30 Inches (when measured corner to corner), and weighing almost 30 pounds, so much it nearly takes two people to comfortably move it, this is the finest reproduction of the 1611 ever undertaken. Unlike other facsimiles, the Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions are printed on 100% acid-free, archival grade, heavy cream paper, just like the original 1611. The originals that were actually printed in 1611 were commissioned by King James I to be literally chained to the pulpit of every church in England. Now you can own a facsimile replica of that exact same bible.
These massive pulpit folio-sized bibles make a great centerpiece for the communion table or the entry-way in a church. They are also quite popular as centerpieces for private home libraries. If you are looking for something that will make people stop and stare, this is it! Photographs cannot adequately show what a stunning and magnificent display piece these enormous folios are. You will spend hours pouring over it’s magnificent typography and woodcut designs found in the original 1611 KJV, as well as it’s original prefatory material such as the translator’s preface, genealogies, maps, and decorative title pages.
Significance of the Deluxe “Facsimile”
Do not confuse these amazing photographic deluxe facsimiles with the small, inexpensive, "reprints" or with the smaller “Regular Size” Facsimile that we also offer. The popular Hendrickson "1611 Edition" mass-marketed Bible, for example, is NOT a true facsimile (nor do they claim it is). It is a totally new type setting in a more semi-modern Roman Style Type Face without the original woodcut decorative accents or beautiful Gothic Blackletter Style Typeface found in the original 1611 KJV.
Such reprints may maintain the ancient spellings, as well as the inclusion of the Apocrypha, but they do not LOOK exactly the same as an original 1611. Similarly, the smaller “Regular Facsimile” may “look” the same photographically as an original 1611 KJV, but it does not maintain the massive size of the original First Edition 1611 King James Bible as only the Deluxe Facsimile can claim.
Each page of THIS Deluxe Facsimile (or “Photocopied”) edition was computer-scanned from an original First Edition 1611 KJV, and maintained at the same original size, THEN printed on 100% acid-free, archival grade, heavy cream paper, just like the original 1611.
Deluxe Edition - "Bufalino Fiscagomma" Imitation Leather
The standard “Deluxe” Edition is bound in a high-quality beautifully grained imitation leather, often referred to as "Fiscagomma Leatherette" or "Bufalino Fiscagomma". The Deluxe Edition features the same size and weight as the Super Deluxe Edition. It is also the only 1611 Facsimile Edition to feature the Coat of Arms Seal of King James blind stamped on the cover.
Super Deluxe Edition - Genuine Cowhide Leather
The “Super Deluxe” is bound in the finest grade of full-grain, glove-soft, hand-tooled, exquisite genuine leather, wrapped over furniture-grade birch wood board, with extra-large spine hub-bands and gold spine stamping. The Smyth-Sewn binding also features extra heavy-duty stitching. No detail was overlooked or spared in the creation of this bible. It's just like the real ones, visually IDENTICAL to an original 1611, except that it is absolutely brand new, and less than one-half-of-one-percent the cost of the last 1611 sold at auction.
1611 Spelling Examples
These are subtle, but historically accurate details and signs that this is an original 1611 Facsimile, and merely "scratch the surface" of the treasures and distinctions to be found in this collector's edition 1611 King James Bible - Deluxe Facsimile.
Unique 1611 King James Spelling examples include:
- "Heaven" as "Heauen"
- "form" as "forme"
- "void" as "boyd"
- "upon" as "vpon"
- "and" as "aud"
- "Jesus" as "Iesus"
- "John as "Iohn"
- "James" as "Iames"
- Exact Page-for-Page Photographic Duplicate and Replica of the original 1611 King James Bible
- Word-for-Word and Letter-for-Letter Original 1611 Authorized Version Text
- Original "He" Edition 1611 Printing in Ruth 3:15
- Includes the Apocrypha
- Deluxe Edition: Bufalino Fiscagomma Imitation Leather Binding (over birchwood boards), with King James Coat of Arms Seal on the Front Cover.
- Super Deluxe Edition: Burgundy, Full Grain Genuine Cowhide Leather Binding (over birchwood boards), with extra-large spine hub-bands and gold spine stamping.
- Printed on 100% acid-free, archival grade, heavy cream paper
- Smyth Sewn Pages with extra heavy-duty stitching for page turning durability
- Enormous Full Size Edition Dimensions: 12 x 17-1/2 x 5-1/2" (when closed and including Slip Case)
- "Open" Reading Dimensions spread to nearly 30 Inches Wide!
- Weighs over 30 Pounds
- Protective Slip Case
- Translator's Preface to King James / Epistle Dedicatory
- 1611 Preface "The Translators to the Reader"
- FREE Bonus Leaf from an Original, 400 Year Old, 1611 Edition Bible
- FREE UPS Ground Shipping in the Continental U.S.
- The Most Authentic 1611 KJV Bible Facsimile in the World
Apocrypha Book List:
- 1 Esdras
- 2 Esdras
- Additions to Esther
- Wisdom of Solomon
- Letter of Jeremiah
- Prayer of Azariah
- Bel and the Dragon
- Prayer of Manasseh
- 1 Maccabees
- 2 Maccabees
BONUS: As our FREE gift to you, with your purchase of the Super Deluxe Edition OR Deluxe Edition Facsimile; you will receive ONE (1) original Ancient Bible Leaf (a full page) from an original, over 400 Year Old, 1611 King James Bible.
ITEM # FR-KJF-OTL: $375.00 - The Deluxe 1611 King James Bible Facsimile in Imitation Leather with one genuine original Old Testament Leaf of a regular (non-title) page from the original 1611 printing of the King James Bible First Edition (a $295 value if purchased separately) and FREE UPS GROUND SHIPPING).
ITEM # FR-KJF-NTL: $475.00 - The Deluxe 1611 King James Bible Facsimile in Imitation Leather with one genuine original New Testament Leaf of a regular (non-title) page from the original 1611 printing of the King James Bible First Edition (a $395 value if purchased separately) and FREE UPS GROUND SHIPPING).
ITEM # SD-KJF-OTL: $995.00 - The Super Deluxe 1611 King James Bible Facsimile in Genuine Leather with one genuine original Old Testament Title Page Leaf, which is a full page from the original 1611 printing of the King James Bible First Edition, (a $295 value if purchased separately) and FREE UPS GROUND SHIPPING.
ITEM # SD-KJF-NTL: $1,095.00 - The Super Deluxe 1611 King James Bible Facsimile in Genuine Leather with one genuine original New Testament Leaf of a regular (non-title) page from the original 1611 printing of the King James Bible First Edition, (a $395 value if purchased separately) and FREE UPS GROUND SHIPPING.
FREE UPS Ground Shipping on All 1611 Facsimiles!
- These Bibles will be shipped insured via FREE UPS Ground Shipping.
- FREE UPS Ground Shipping is only available in the 48 contiguous states.
- A PHYSICAL ADDRESS is required for all shipments.
(All 1611 Deluxe Facsimiles are shipped exclusively via UPS, and cannot deliver to a PO Box.)
**Please Note: These bibles are non-returnable.
**Please Note: The Spine of these Bibles no longer says "400th Anniversary Edition".